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Hunger Games fans are still waiting to find out who will be cast to play Catching Fire ‘s Finnick Odair, the perfectly constructed, handsome tribute who teams up with Katniss and Peeta in the Quarter Quell.
Last week, rumors surfaced that Robert Pattinson is certainly not playing the role and that Tron’s Garrett Hedlund, Armie Hammer and Taylor Kitsch were among the men directors are looking at for the part.
Now it’s time to narrow the field down once again. Last week Kitsch told LA Times in an e-mail that he will not be taking on the role.
He writes, "Not going to happen." Kitsch starred in two of the box-office’s biggest flops, John Carter and Battleship.
Nina Jacobson, producer of Catching Fire caught up with LA Times at the MTV Movie Awards and laughed off rumors of who will be cast, even saying that the rumors of the eligible actors to play Finnick are “so not true.” She adds, “That’s the thing that’s crazy -- people are like way ahead of where we are. We’ve not narrowed things down by any means. It’s funny to see how things can take on a life of their own.”
Reports that fans could know as early as this week are also false, as the production group is still holding auditions. As for fan input, Jacobson comments, “It means something that people can see [an actor] in that light, so you know [the actor] will be accepted by a lot of people, on the one hand.”
“On the other hand,” she states, “You have to kind of ignore it. You have to just sort of act like you’re sitting in a room and you want to just pick the person who gives the best audition and looks and feels most like the part.”
So who will play Finnick Odiar? Fans will have to continue to wait, however, check out who Alexander Ludwig thinks would be the best Finnick during his interview with MTV: